Zoom ARQ AR-48, the All-In-One Music and Live Performance Instrument

9. October 2017| Zoom

Zoom is pleased to introduce the Zoom ARQ AR-48, a very capable electronic music production station and performance instrument with a simplified design and tons of creative potential. The AR-48 lets your personality shine through and represents a fun and easy way to sequence sound, create beats, and perform with expressive effects controlled by waving the ring controller.

The AR-48 lets you craft music you can be proud of. Use the 16-pad ring controller to trigger its 460 built-in sounds, use custom samples from SD-Card, or even record audio samples on-the-fly to lay down innovative sequences. Capture what you’re playing in real-time by hitting record or use the dedicated step-input buttons to quickly program a beat. For example, start with a kick and snare, then add hi-hats and toms. Complete your pattern by adding in bass lines, synths, and melodies. You can make pattern variations and assemble them in Song Mode to create finished songs.

The AR-48 comes with a license for Ableton Live 9 Lite, providing a package with everything a modern music creator needs. Record and enhance your tracks quickly and intuitively. Ableton’s performance workflows let you take your music to the stage where you can mix and record live.


  • All-in-one drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, clip launcher, MIDI controller and live performance instrument
  • Includes 460 drum machine, synth, and instruments sounds
  • Import WAV files into the internal synth engine’s oscillator
  • 16 adjustable Master Effects, including reverb, filters, delay, and more
  • Ring Controller with 3-axis accelerometer as a handheld aerial instrument for triggering arpeggiator sounds and effects
  • 16 velocity and pressure-sensitive pads with programmable color LEDs
  • Onboard 32-step loop sequencer for creating individual patterns or complete songs
  • Programmable synthesizer engine with three sub-oscillators
  • 3.5 mm mini stereo input for phrase recording and loop creation
  • Play sounds chromatically, or choose from dozens of preset scales in any key
  • Dual 1/4″ line outputs, separate 3.5 mm mini stereo headphone output with dedicated volume control, and MIDI output
  • USB port for computer integration and SD card slot
  • Optional Bluetooth connection for the Ring Controller (BTA-1 connector sold separately)

For further information, visit the Zoom ARQ AR-48 product page.